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A Complete Guide to Walt Disney World New Year's Eve Events

by Mommy Frog on December 26, 2023
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What better way to celebrate a new year than at our favorite place — Disney World! New Year’s Eve is historically one of the busiest times at Walt Disney World. Don’t be scared away ... there is plenty of fun to be had as you count down to the new year! Special fireworks return to Magic Kingdom and EPCOT to ring in the new year — and every park but Animal Kingdom will be open past midnight! Here's everything we know about New Year's Eve 2023. Get your party hat (or ears) ready!

Guide to New Year's Eve at Disney World — Special fireworks at Magic Kingdom

Overview of New Year's Eve at Disney World in 2023

New Year's Eve events at Disney World are amazingly fun, but they also tend to draw crowds. Both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT will have special nighttime spectaculars for the occasion. Here are the current park hours, some of which recently got extended (there can be additional changes once we get closer, so be sure to check the My Disney Experience app or the Disney World website prior to your visit):

  • Magic Kingdom Park: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • EPCOT: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Disney Springs: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

If you plan on hopping to Walt Disney World for New Year's Eve 2023, make your Park Pass reservation if you haven't already, and be aware that park hopping may reach capacity at certain parks.

While there may be some surprise festivities in store, we definitely expect special New Year's Eve food and possibly merchandise to be available at all of the parks. Holiday entertainment and hoppenings may still be going on at each of the parks, though the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays ends on Dec. 30. We also expect there to be some special New Year's Eve dinner menus at Disney Springs, which also offers lots of holiday merriment to enjoy, including the Christmas Tree Stroll.

If staying in at a Disney Resort, all resorts typically have a champagne package available to guests in their on-site retail stores, while supplies last! If you'd prefer to toast in advance in the parks, you can find a glass of bubbly (including champagne, sparkling wine or cider) at most locations around the theme parks and Disney Springs (including table-service restaurants at Magic Kingdom).

Here's a look at the festivities that generally hoppen all across Walt Disney World Resort to ring in the new year. We know we aren't the only froggies looking forward to 2024 — cheers!

New Year's Eve at EPCOT

EPCOT Fireworks — EPCOT Forever

EPCOT is by far the most exciting place to be on New Year’s Eve at Disney World, though with lots of activities come lots of people. As one of the largest parks, EPCOT is perhaps best suited for crowds. We think the crowds are worth managing for these fun-filled festivities! There’s no need to choose ... you can take part in all of these activities for a complete night of celebration.

New Year's Countdown Fireworks

The Countdown Fireworks show at EPCOT is the most popular way guests celebrate New Year's Eve at Disney World. A countdown to the new year is typically projected onto Spaceship Earth as fireworks light up the sky — we are hopful there will be some extra exciting projections. Enjoy a showing of the new nighttime spectacular, Luminous The Symphony of Us at 6:30 p.m., and then the countdown fireworks at 11:54 p.m.

EPCOT New Year's Eve Parties

Walk from Mexico to Canada (and from the old year to the new) at EPCOT’s New Year’s Eve parties. There may be live DJs hosting dance parties throughout the park. Dance the night away as you sip and savor some of your favorite flavors around World Showcase. These parties are a nice way to add some special fun to your holiday evening between your adventures on Test Track, Soarin’ and more. When it hits midnight in each country's respective pavilion, listen for a festive announcement and watch for a burst of colorful fireworks.

Live Music at American Gardens Theatre

American Gardens Theatre typically hosts a variety of performances throughout the night for the ultimate NYE entertainment.

To get an idea for this year's celebration at EPCOT, check out our video from last year featuring exciting dance parties and the special Countdown Fireworks:

New Year's Eve at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the most popular park and has historically been the most crowded during New Year’s Eve at Disney World. If Magic Kingdom is your park of choice, we recommend you arrive early and stay all day since it is likely to reach capacity for some part of the day. Save your viewing spot for parades and stage shows at least an hour in advance.

To add to your festive spirit, there are additional holiday offerings at Magic Kingdom. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is scheduled for 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, as well as multiple showings of Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration stage show.

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks

A Guide to Disney World on New Year's Eve - Fantasy in the Sky

The new year is sure to start with a bang — literally — thanks to Magic Kingdom’s Fantasy in the Sky fireworks. Our whole frog squad loves how wild and colorful this fireworks extravaganza is. Seeing the sky above Cinderella Castle glow with this booming presentation is a truly magical way to celebrate the new year. As a huge fan of fairytale magic and the sentiment of Magic Kingdom, this is my personal fave.

Magic Kingdom will show the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks Dec. 30 and 31 at both 6:30 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. We like having the extra night at Magic Kingdom as an option if you can't decide between this one and EPCOT's fireworks. We usually do Magic Kingdom on the 30th and then EPCOT on actual New Year's Eve for the best of both worlds!

New Year's Celebration Dance Parties

DJ dance parties are held at Frontierland, Tomorrowland and the castle stage. Typically available from 7 p.m. to midnight, these are a memorable, family-fun way to celebrate an awesome year of fun.

Other Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve at Disney World

New Year's Eve at Disney World - Chinese Theater

While EPCOT and Magic Kingdom are the main attractions for New Year's Eve, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the new year throughout the resort!

Disney's Hollywood Studios typically offers regular nighttime entertainment, though sometimes a countdown is included. It's generally more low-key than the other parks. Enjoy the Wonderful World of Animation projections at 8:30 p.m. and Fantasmic! at 9:30 p.m.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, you'll typically find special New Year's Eve-themed food and drinks. In previous years, DJs have kept the party hoppin' in Asia, Discovery Island and DinoLand U.S.A. With Animal Kingdom currently scheduled to close at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, it's a more peaceful and early way to celebrate the end of 2023 (just in time for the tadpoles' bedtime!).

While there won't be a nighttime spectacular, Disney Springs' special dining and shopping options never disappoint! Though the Christmas Tree Trail officially ends Dec. 30, the trees will likely still be up for you to enjoy.

Not wanting to brave the night crowds? Consider a relaxing night in at your hotel! Many of the resorts will offer special activities and select resorts even offer a view of the fireworks, such as Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Over at Fort Wilderness, our kids colored, danced along with a live DJ, got to see Chip and Dale in their tuxedos (yes, really!) and even did some trivia.

Dining During New Year's Eve at Disney World

In addition to in-park celebrations, there are often special options available at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Whether it's a NYE menu, a dance party, a champagne toast or a combination of all three, there's something fun for every froggy. In the past, these have included:

  • Toledo at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • Mezzanotte at Topolino's: An Italian Masquerade at Disney's Riviera Resort
  • Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's BoardWalk
  • New Year's Eve Dinner at the World Showplace Pavilion
  • California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk Inn
  • Garden Grove at Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • II Mulino at Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Monsieur Paul within France Pavilion at Epcot
  • Narcoossee's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Shula's Steak House at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Todd English's bluezoo Lounge at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Victoria & Albert's Chef's Table at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Tips for New Year's Eve at Disney World

Here are our tips for making the best of New Year's Eve at Disney World!

New Year's Disney World - Fireworks at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

  • While the usual cancellation policy now requires only a two-hour notice at Walt Disney World restaurants, some of these special-occasion meals may require more of a cancellation notice. Review the fine print and know your options.
  • If you’re set on a certain experience in particular, call 407-939-3463 as soon as you’re able to purchase your tickets or book your dining reservations. Advance dining reservations are required for all special holiday meals.
  • If you’re attending the fireworks at either EPCOT or Magic Kingdom, bring earplugs for little ones, or maybe even yourself. (Heck, sunglasses might not hurt either.) These shows are beautiful but can be intense.
  • Note that at the parks, regular admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation are both required to access these special events — even if you have a dining reservation.
  • Annual Passholder and Tables in Wonderland discounts will not be honored for special holiday meals.
  • Avoid park hopping and arrive at your park of choice early because there's a good chance that the parks, especially Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, will reach capacity.
  • If you are trying to park hop, we suggest that you arrive right at 2 p.m. — or even prior to 2 p.m. You may need to wait in line at the park entrance, but the earlier, the better (otherwise, you risk the park reaching capacity).
  • Allow plenty of extra time for transportation, as parks are extra, extra busy on this day.
  • Most of you know the drill of getting your spots for fireworks early on a typical night, but be sure to post up extra early for the New Year’s spectaculars. Not only will there be more people for the special shows, but there are extremely high-volume crowds to begin with.
  • As attraction lines will be tremendously long during this peak season, we find waiting on a prime fireworks spot to be the most effective use of time. Of course, we always recommend having a family member grab snacks and drinks to enjoy during the wait!

There are so many hoppin’ activities to choose from to leap into the new year at Walt Disney World. When we’re at Disney World for a holiday, we really like to take advantage and celebrate in a special, unique way. What do you have planned? Tell us in the comments.

Related: Top 10 Tips for Disney World During the Holidays

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Dec 24, 2023 at 5:11 p.m.
Omar Says...

Me and my family are going to be in animal kingdom New Year’s Eve. Will there be any fireworks or special event ?

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Dec 26, 2023 at 9:04 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Omar!

You won't find special fireworks, but you will see some special cupcakes to commemorate the day at Pizzafari and Restaurantasaurus! You may also see some special photo ops around the park. Enjoy your time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 18, 2023 at 2:33 a.m.
Nancy basara Says...

This will be the first time that I will be celebrating new years eve with my son at walt Disney World what happens if it rains hard. And where's the best place to see the fireworks

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Dec 18, 2023 at 12:43 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

Generally, fireworks can continue in the rain, but if there are high winds and/or lightning, the show may be postponed or canceled. December is part of Florida's drier season, so it is less likely to rain (but as we saw this weekend, it's a possibility). While it's still a bit too far out to predict the forecast, we'd suggest keeping an eye on the weather as it gets closer so you can pack accordingly. You can find our favorite spots to watch fireworks at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 12, 2023 at 5:44 a.m.
Tris Says...

Hi, i've bought a hollywood studio park hop ticket at NYE, and i want to go to magic kingdom for NYE celebration. Can you tell me based on last year's experience regarding the possibilities to park hop to magic kingdom? thanks

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Dec 19, 2023 at 2:14 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tris!

While we don't recall Magic Kingdom reaching capacity last year, we'd still recommend that you try to park hop early in the day (arrive before 2 p.m. and wait in line) and just stay there for the rest of the day, as Magic Kingdom is the most likely park to reach capacity on New Year's Eve. Alternatively, the fireworks show also takes place on Dec. 30 at Magic Kingdom if you don't want to stress over park hopping.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2023 at 7:29 p.m.
Eugenia Says...

Hello!

We planned to go to MK on New Year's Eve but when we made reservations for the parks MK and Epcot were fully booked. Is there any chance that they become available again (free some capacity)?

Due to this situation we chose Hollywood Studios, is there any special event or fireworks at midnight o previous minutes?

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Dec 1, 2023 at 12:24 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eugenia!

While there aren't any guarantees that reservations will become available again, we'd still recommend that you keep an eye out in case anything opens up! Hollywood Studios is more low-key - there isn't usually a special NYE fireworks show, but there are some pyrotechnics in nighttime shows such as Fantasmic and Wonderful World of Animation. In past years, there has also been a DJ dance party to ring in the new year.

We're not sure if you have Park Hopper tickets, but if so, you could potentially hop to Magic Kingdom or EPCOT, though it's possible that park capacity could be limited. However, if you don't have Park Hoppers, we'd recommend going to Magic Kingdom on the 30th as the New Year's Eve fireworks happen on the 30th and 31st. Alternatively, if you prefer to see fireworks on the 31st, you could watch the EPCOT fireworks from Disney's BoardWalk or Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Transportation and Ticket Center — the music is piped in at these spots.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 17, 2023 at 9:06 p.m.
David Says...

Hi which fireworks do you think are the best - Minnie’s Xmas fireworks, magic in the sky, Epcot, happily ever after?

Do you know if the Mickey Xmas parade from the Xmas party is held on dec 29 30 and 31 at MK?

Thanks!

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Nov 21, 2023 at 8:24 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

If you're wanting holiday vibes, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime fireworks show would be a must, as the others have classic Disney theming. At EPCOT, there is a normal showing of Luminous (which debuts Dec. 5, 2023, so it will be a new nighttime spectacular) early in the night around 6 p.m. and a special countdown that begins at 11:54 p.m. - it pays tribute to countries around the world and ends with, of course, a countdown to the new year.

Traditionally (though not confirmed yet), Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime parade does happen during the week of Christmas.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 17, 2023 at 1:47 a.m.
David R Says...

Hi again! My trip is nearing and I am still planning! :)

Could you please tell me if mickeys merry Xmas parade takes place on December 30th at MK and what times?

Also if you were to chose between Minnie’s Xmas fireworks show vs magic in the sky which is the best? As I believe that is shown on dec 29? But I’m thinking 3 days of fireworks in a row might get a bit much with NYE at Epcot as well!

With my daughter age 10 do you think she would enjoy Epcot on NYE if all the Xmas decorations are taken down, vs Epcot on Dec 30 and Mk on NYE. But would miss out on Epcot NYE fireworks.

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Nov 21, 2023 at 8:14 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

It's still not officially confirmed on the schedule yet, but traditionally, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime parade does happen during regular park hours during Christmas week (noon and 3 p.m. are the usual times). You can't go wrong with either fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, but it depends on what you'd prefer. If you want more holiday vibes, we'd say Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime fireworks, as Fantasy in the Sky is a more traditional fireworks show with classic Disney songs. The decor in EPCOT is usually still up through the new year — it's mainly the entertainment from Festival of the Holidays that is not guaranteed (such as the Holiday Storytellers or Candlelight Processional). But EPCOT does host fun New Year's Eve dance parties in some World Showcase pavilions - including silent disco, which is our favorite!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2023 at 9:07 p.m.
Laura Says...

Do they ever have fireworks packages on New Year's Eve - like at the Spice Table?

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Oct 31, 2023 at 10:54 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

We haven't heard any NYE news yet. There aren't usually special NYE-specific fireworks packages, but the regular fireworks dining packages may be available at EPCOT as early as tomorrow.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2023 at 2:58 p.m.
David Says...

Why don’t they run festival of the holidays until dec 31? So if you want to see candlelight professional and the other Xmas celebrations you have to go to Epcot twice? My dilemma - I may only have 2 full days December 30 and 31 to choose between 2 of the 3 events - festival of holidays magic in the sky at MK and NYE itself

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Sep 19, 2023 at 1:32 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

It ultimately depends on your priorities! If you want to see the Candlelight Processional and experience the Festival of the Holidays, we'd recommend going to EPCOT on the 30th, and you can still spend New Year's Eve at Magic Kingdom with the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks. But if you prefer to spend NYE at EPCOT, then you would need to spend two nights at EPCOT if you wish to see the Candlelight Processional. If you have Park Hopper tickets, you could potentially hop to Magic Kingdom if you attend the earliest Candlelight Processional at 5:15 p.m. as the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks are typically shown twice nightly at 6:30 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. on the 30th and 31st. You would miss the earlier showing, but if you're up for having two late nights in a row, you could catch the 11:50 p.m. showing on the 30th. The only caveat would be to keep an eye out if Magic Kingdom reaches capacity — you would not want to leave EPCOT and travel all the way to Magic Kingdom to find out the park is at capacity, which is a possibility.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 22, 2023 at 12:39 a.m.
David Says...

Thanks for the advice! Tricky decision. If I do Epcot on both days I would also miss out on the Mickey Xmas parade at MK. If MK is the more likely park to reach capacity, could I start at MK on dec 30, park hop to Epcot late afternoon to catch the candlelight professional and wander the holiday festival, then return to MK for the fantasy in the sky 1150pm? If I have a park Res for MK I should be guaranteed to get back in? Would they let me park hop to Epcot even if it’s full if I had a dining package confirmation?

Then maybe on NYE I just have a lie in and go to Epcot in the afternoon for NYE? Realistically is it possible to do any rides in Epcot on NYE even with genie plus?

Finally can you tell me is there ANY holiday entertainment planned first week of January aside from the decorations remaining up?

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Nov 3, 2023 at 9:11 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

We generally do not recommend park hopping on the busiest days (not only because parks could reach capacity but it can also take extra time for transportation and entry lines). Magic Kingdom and EPCOT are the two most visited Disney parks for New Year's Eve and have the possibility of reaching capacity; EPCOT does have a lesser chance because the park is larger and has more space for crowds. While typically a park reservation does hold a spot if you want to hop back, there are different capacity/closure levels and park reservations can be subject to capacity, availability and restrictions. Dining reservations do not guarantee entry if you were to park hop to a different park. The holiday season is from Nov. 11 through Dec. 31, so there is no guaranteed holiday entertainment beyond that date.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2023 at 7:29 p.m.
Kelly Says...

Planning Epcot on NYE - can you tell me if the Olaf Scavenger Hunt will still be happening? Looking for things we could do that won’t have to compete with the massive crowd wait times.

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Sep 5, 2023 at 2:53 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Exact details haven't been announced yet for EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, though the dates have been confirmed for Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. We do expect that the scavenger hunt will return this year for the festival, but we're not 100% sure if it would be sold on Dec. 31. We'd also recommend playing the DuckTales World Showcase Adventure game through the Play Disney Parks app.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 6, 2023 at 1:19 p.m.
Amber Says...

Hi! We will be visiting Orlando and we want to celebrate New Year's Eve in one of the parks. One of our family members isn't fond of theme parks and gets motion sick pretty easily. Do you happen to know if there are any evening tickets available at New Year's Eve. So that they can still enjoy the fireworks, but don't have to spend the whole day in the park? Thank you in advance!

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Aug 7, 2023 at 9:56 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

Unfortunately, there aren't any evening theme park tickets. New Year's Eve is also one of the busiest days of the year, particularly at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT (parks with fireworks). It's one of the days that some of the parks could reach capacity, so we'd highly recommend purchasing tickets & making theme park reservations months in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 22, 2023 at 6:05 p.m.
luiza Says...

We will be arriving at Orlando only 6 p.m on 12/31, even if we have the park pass reservation we can still be out of the parks? I thought that with the reservation, the park couldn’t get the maximum capacity.

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Apr 24, 2023 at 9:26 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luiza!

If you have a theme park reservation, you are good to go to that park, even if you aren't arriving until later in the day :) Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 18, 2023 at 6:18 p.m.
VERO Says...

Hi! First time going to Disney. Which experience would be best/most memorable for our NYE celebration with 3 adults & 3 kids (10, 11, 13)? We will do 4 park days between Dec 27, 2023 & Jan 1, 2024. Thank you!

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Mar 21, 2023 at 2:36 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi VERO!

We would recommend Magic Kingdom for Dec. 30, as they show the special Fantasy in the Sky fireworks on both nights and then EPCOT for Dec. 31. If considering a nice table-service restaurant during your visit, be sure to book a reservation 60 days out since it is a busy time. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 28, 2022 at 2:31 a.m.
JenL Says...

Hi! With only days until NYE, I’m trying to finalize our plans at EPCOT. We have park passes with EPCOT as our park of the day—if we head in around 9AM and then head back to our resort to nap, will we be able to get back in at 2/3/4pm since it’s our designated park for the day? If it matters, we have evening dining reservations at Akershus.

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Dec 28, 2022 at 8:20 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

As long as your park reservation is for EPCOT, you should have no trouble getting back in later. Have a great time! Hoppy New Year!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 20, 2022 at 1:40 a.m.
J Bizzle Says...

Hello. We have tickets to Hollywood Studios for NYE. That's all we could get. What are the chances of park hopping to Magic Kingdom or Epcot ?

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Dec 20, 2022 at 1:09 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi J!

We think it would be possible to park hop based on the fact that park hopping wasn't restricted last year on New Year's Eve. However, we'd encourage you to hop as soon as you can once it hits 2 p.m. (potentially even hopping earlier than 2 p.m. and waiting in line at the entrance). EPCOT would be our choice coming from Hollywood Studios as it's closer in proximity and has a larger capacity.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 16, 2022 at 6:22 p.m.
Michelle Says...

What time should we arrive at the Magic Kingdom parking lot on 12/30 for the earliest entry possible?

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Dec 19, 2022 at 8:24 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Generally, the parking lots usually open about an hour before official park open. Because it's one of the busiest weeks of the year, we may even suggest that you arrive about 10 minutes earlier - however, you don't want to arrive too early because they could instruct you to loop around until the toll booths actually open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 22, 2021 at 4:18 p.m.
Stephanie Says...

Hello we will be visiting Disney for my daughters 20th on New Years Eve, can you recommend a restaraunt to celebrate her bday!

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Oct 26, 2021 at 2:35 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

We would recommend any of the restaurants that have a special New Years Eve menu to make the dinner extra special! For this year, details have not been released yet (usually special foodie guides are released closer to the holiday), but we'd suggest that you make a reservation anyway just so you have one. Then once the information is announced, you could try to get a reservation at a different restaurant or stick with the one you have.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 30, 2020 at 12:49 a.m.
Daniela Prieto Says...

Hi, I'm planning to spend NYE in orlando in magic kingdom but are there gonna be fireworks for new years? or will they be canceled due to the pandemic?

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Dec 30, 2020 at 8:05 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniela!

There will not be fireworks this year at Magic Kingdom. If you are staying on-site at a hotel, a pre-recorded version of the fireworks will be streaming to your room though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 20, 2020 at 5:07 p.m.
Danielle Taylor Says...

What can we expect for the New Year's celebrations for 2021? Changes due to the pandemic?

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Nov 20, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

No NYE updates so far, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as we hear more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2019 at 9:46 p.m.
Kylie Says...

Can you tell me if Epcot does a similar new years eve program on the 30th? So NYEE...

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Oct 9, 2019 at 4:15 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kylie!

Last year, the Epcot celebration was only on New Year's Eve (while Magic Kingdom's took place on both the 30 and 31).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 1, 2019 at 1:53 p.m.
Khyrsis Loynaz Says...

Does Epcot host the same DJ’s on the 30th? Or is the world showcase DJ’s only featured for New Year’s Eve?

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May 1, 2019 at 4:12 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The DJ is generally only for the special event on New Years Eve.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 1, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.
Mamabear Says...

Did Magic Kingdom close due to capacity on Dec 30 this year? We will be going there from a cruise ship on Dec 30 next year but don't dock in Port Canaveral until 1 pm. I know it will be busy, but as long as we can get in, we will be golden!

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Jan 16, 2019 at 11:39 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mamabear,

Magic Kingdom had a reported capacity closure Dec. 31. It is certainly possible it could reach capacity on Dec. 30, as these are some of the very busiest dates of the year, but keep in mind that most of the time, these closures are only temporary until more guests leave the park and usually reopen within a few hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 26, 2018 at 3:03 p.m.
MARIA V REYNOSO Says...

Hi we will be attending new years at magic kingdom.. really excited.. any word of seeing famous singers preforming?

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Dec 27, 2018 at 1:18 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

We haven't heard anything yet, but who knows? It should be a blast no matter what!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 24, 2018 at 2:45 a.m.
Mac Says...

Hi

I noticed that Hollywood Studios has changed their hours to 12AM. Have you ever seen their new years eve fireworks? Im blocked out of MK and Epcot that day. Would love to ring the new year in at Disney if Hollywood Studios is worth it.

Also have you ever heard of Hollywood Studios reaching capacity on new years? I have to work during the day and wanted to head over there after.

Thanks.

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Dec 27, 2018 at 2:23 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mac,

It looks like Disney will be showing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at midnight, and there is no word if it will be a special performance for New Year's Eve. We have not heard of it typically reaching capacity, and especially with its NYE celebration not being released, we would not expect it for the evening.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 18, 2018 at 7:22 p.m.
Bonnie Says...

We’ll be in Epcot all day on NYE. We have dinner reservations at Animal Kingdom. After dinner would we be able to get back into Epcot for the fireworks?

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Dec 30, 2018 at 3:45 a.m.
Lia Says...

Hello Bonnie,

I used to work at Disney, and Epcot has not close due to capacity in the last years. I believe you will be completely fine going to dinner and coming back, the only thing is don't expect to have great spots when you go back into Epcot due to the fact that it will be very crowded!

Happy New Year!!

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Dec 30, 2018 at 7:23 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lia,

Thanks for sharing!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 19, 2018 at 12:06 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bonnie!

This is tough, as Epcot may reach capacity later in the day. We would stick with ONE park on busy days like this, just to be safe! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2018 at 2:27 p.m.
Amber Dubin Says...

Hi! Your blog has been very helpful thus far. My boyfriend and I will be in Disney Dec. 29th -January 8th and I am trying to decide what to do for NYE. I know you mentioned that the MK fireworks will occur on the 30th as well so I am considering doing those then and doing Epcot on NYE. Do you think the park will close to capacity on the 30th?? We have park hopper passes so I wasn't sure if we would need to spend the day in MK to ensure seeing the fireworks on the 30th. Thanks in advance! (:

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Nov 29, 2018 at 9:59 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

This sounds like a GREAT plan (seriously!) but we WOULD recommend being at Magic Kingdom fairly early on the 30th. The parks have been known to get pretty crazy that day too.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2018 at 8:52 a.m.
Kim Says...

Hi ???? is the Disney Vacation Club, New Year’s Eve Eve party worth attending? Since it’s the same fireworks on December 30 and December 31 at magic kingdom we were planning on going to that party on December 30.

On December 31, we plan to go to Epcot to enjoy the fireworks at Rose and Pub.

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Oct 25, 2018 at 10:04 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

We haven't attended, but we welcome our frog friends to chime in and offer their expertise.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2018 at 10:34 p.m.
NG Says...

Hi!

Which Disney World Park has best events on New Year Day (1/1/19)?

Thanks

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Oct 15, 2018 at 6:51 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

All four Disney parks have their regular offerings on New Year's Day, but you may still be able to catch some Christmas entertainment at Magic Kingdom :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 12:22 p.m.
Jen Says...

Planning on visiting Hollywood Studios for New Years. Looking for reviews. Do the park really close at 9pm? Really hoping to ring in the new year there at midnight.

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:53 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Disney's website shows 9 p.m. as the closing time for December 31, and we haven't heard anything beyond that. We recommend planning to celebrate at either Magic Kingdom or Epcot!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 27, 2018 at 7:36 p.m.
gratamama Says...

Disney.com shows Hollywood Studios open til midnight on Dec. 31, although I still don't see specific info about fireworks.

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Dec 27, 2018 at 2:29 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes. Disney has not yet updated it's site with details about NYE-specific fireworks, but it will be showing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at midnight on Dec. 31.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2018 at 2:06 p.m.
Alexis Says...

Hey, I will be at Epcot this New Year’s Eve and I have been on the app trying to reserve for the world showplace pavilion buffet and I have not see it. I called 1 1/2 month ago and they had said it wasn’t available yet. I’ve checked Disney website and haven’t seen any info about it for this year. Do you know if it will be available after a certain time like after September? Or is it available now only by calling? ... thanks in advance

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:05 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis!

Great question. We would recommend calling the Disney reservation line at (407) 939-3463 to find out when these become available. There's a good chance this special event reservation will only be available via phone.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2018 at 1:47 a.m.
lora Says...

When I look online Hollywood Studios seems to be closing at 9:00? Is it staying open later and where on the actual Disney website can I find out more about this celebration?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:10 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lora!

Great point. The activities featured in this article are what were on the agenda last year and what we expect to return again. We'll keep you posted with updates!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 1:06 a.m.
Jen Says...

Wondering if there’s an update on Hollywood Studios for New Year’s Eve?

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Oct 5, 2018 at 12:04 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Disney's park hours show Hollywood Studios closing at 9 p.m. on December 31, so we recommend hopping on over to Epcot or Magic Kingdom to celebrate!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:47 a.m.
Daniel Says...

Has the Pixar party sold out? I can’t seem to purchase tickets

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Aug 14, 2018 at 10:55 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel!

To purchase tickets, call (407) WDW-DINE.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 5, 2018 at 8:28 p.m.
Larissa Says...

Hello,

I am planning on going to Epcot with my friends for the NYE, is it true that we can’t leave the park and come back later for the NYE without making a reservation at a restaurant there?!

Thank you

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Aug 6, 2018 at 2:23 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Larissa!

Hmmm ... we haven't heard of this policy before. (We welcome the Frog Pond to chime in!) What you might have heard is that the park can reach capacity, and perhaps at this point you are only allowed back in if you have a dining reservation.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 2, 2018 at 1:19 a.m.
Mauricio Says...

Hi! What would be a great choice of Disney hotel to stay at the wouldn't kill a budget? (Avoiding such resorts like Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian). Transportation is a must but I would want to stay somewhere where the lines wont be too insane! Thanks in advance!

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Aug 2, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mauricio,

You should check out the Disney Value Resort Hotels! These hotels are still on-site and provide many of the awesome amenities you're looking for. Hop over to our post and see which ones we recommend!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2018 at 3:37 p.m.
Amy Says...

So, which park would be the best to go to on New Year's Eve if you just want to visit the park and not do a New Year's celebration? I don't think my 3 year old can hang.

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Jul 3, 2018 at 1:18 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Animal Kingdom is definitely your best bet. There are minimal festivities, so it tends to be the least popular park to visit on New Year's Eve ... but still just as fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2018 at 2:13 p.m.
Nancy Moreno Says...

Hello, is there two fireworks shows for New Years at MK or is it only the midnight show?

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May 29, 2018 at 1:54 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy,

In the past, Holiday Wishes was also shown on Dec. 30 and New Years Eve sometime before Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks (which usually starts at 11:50 p.m.)!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 31, 2017 at 9:51 a.m.
Ron Says...

Are the fireworks at Magic Kingdom (the park in Florida) on December 30th the same as the fireworks on December 31st (I am only concerned with the "later" display at approximately 11:50 P.M. both nights)??? Or is there a difference because the 31st is the "actual" holiday??? I saw the display tonight (the 30th) and I really don't want to have to watch them again unless I absolutely must (I want to avoid all the insane crowds and drunk Floridians tomorrow night)...

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Jan 2, 2018 at 4:12 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron,

Sorry for the late response. You probably figured out by now that the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks are shown both on December 30 and 31 at Magic Kingdom Park!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 28, 2017 at 3:01 p.m.
Arly Says...

Hi! We’re arriving in the evening and I don’t want to use up our park admission passes to see the NYE shows, and we’re staying off-park for just that night. We were actually thinking of just finding a good place to park to watch fireworks from afar, then go back to our hotel. I was wondering if you knew of a place to do that. Thanks in advance for any ideas you have.

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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:34 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arly,

Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Village all are great spots to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks. You can view the Epcot fireworks from Disney's BoardWalk.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 28, 2017 at 12:53 a.m.
laura u Says...

Hi, can I watch Epcot's fireworks from Disney's Boardwalk area? We are traveling with 3 kids (4,9 and 12) and wanted a place to be able to see fireworks without going to the parks

thanks

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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:31 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, you can see the Epcot fireworks from Disney's BoardWalk!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 31, 2017 at 12:23 p.m.
Emma Velazquez Says...

Hi,

Where is the boardwalk? Is thet the same as the Disney Springs? Will parking be limited?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 11:41 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma,

Disney's BoardWalk Area is adjacent to Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas. The area is located near Epcot. Disney Springs is a different entertainment area. You can find parking at Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 27, 2017 at 12:07 a.m.
Nicole Valencia-Arrieta Says...

Hi, just wanted to know if there are any festivities at Animal Kingdom in New Years Eve? Thanks

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Dec 31, 2017 at 10:18 p.m.
d Says...

no . read article above.

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Dec 27, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

We are not aware of any holiday exclusive festivities taking place at Animal Kingdom on New Year's Eve. However, this is a great park to visit for lower crowds and its great variety of daily entertainment.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 26, 2016 at 10:15 p.m.
Grace Says...

very informative! just left with a doubt; do you have to pay for an extra pass for NYE at any park, or simply stay after hours for this event with your regular park pass? THANKS!

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Dec 27, 2016 at 11:58 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

You regular park pass is all you need to enjoy everything happening inside the park on New Year's Eve, excluding any dining that you do. Events outside the parks have their own admissions which require additional tickets.

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 18, 2017 at 9:11 p.m.
Christine Says...

Do you know about what time of the year they start selling the New Years Eve tickets for City Walk? Nov?

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Apr 19, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine,

They usually go on sale late November/Early December.

Hoppy Planning!

Leap

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Dec 23, 2016 at 8:55 a.m.
Shawnie Chin Says...

We're going to see fireworks, but we don't want to go any theme park, have any good spot to watch the fireworks? My boyfriend is off at 11pm on 12/31 in Winter Park, if we're going to Universal City walk ,do we have to buy tickets?

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Dec 27, 2016 at 12:04 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawnie,

There will be a ticketed event at Universal City Walk New Year's Eve. You may still visit CityWalk for dining and shopping, but the event really takes up most of the space that night.

We don't have any outside of the theme park viewing tips. Perhaps some of our readers would be "hoppy" to share?

Keep Hopping!

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Dec 22, 2016 at 2:40 a.m.
Laurel Reutter Says...

How to get best price on SeaWorldnew year's Eve tickets?

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Dec 22, 2016 at 2:29 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurel,

We're the #1 supplier of online discount Orlando attraction tickets, and we have Sea World tickets ! There is no special New Year's ticket. The regular ticket will get you in.

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Dec 14, 2016 at 3:58 p.m.
Danielle Says...

What will crowds at Universal be like? Will they reach capacity and if so do you know when each park usually does?

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Dec 21, 2016 at 12:09 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danille,

The parks will both be crowded. Closing due to capacity has many factors. We suggest arriving early—before the gates open—and staying in that park though closing.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 5, 2016 at 10:04 p.m.
Danielle Says...

i am brazilian and i have 2 kids.

i am going to orlando and i dont know what park i will stay in NYE, Epcot or Magic Kingdom

i dindt find restaurante or place to stay in during the celebration.

Could you help me?

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Dec 8, 2016 at 3:29 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

Epcot has more space and more restaurants, including quick-service, that don't need reservations, so overall I think you will have a better experience at Epcot than Magic Kingdom on this day.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 29, 2016 at 8:56 p.m.
Dina Says...

Hi I was looking for some insight...I'm going with a 3 year old and 2 year old and am not sure how to be a part of the NYE festivities. Is it better to make a dining reservation in Eocot or Magic Kingdom? (I found one in both) or try to find somewhere outside the parks nearby? Thank you in advance! I've never been so I need all the help I can get!

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Dec 8, 2016 at 6 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dina,

This really depends on you, how many days you have etc. Epcot has more space and more dining options, and is overall a better choice for this very busy day, but that is overall up to you.

If you can get a reservation, that is great!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 6, 2016 at 2:24 p.m.
Mitch Says...

Can our family (with 2 boys aged 12 & 9) visit citywalk or downtown Disney on NYE ? If not where should we go to see fireworks, etc?

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Nov 8, 2016 at 1:57 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mitch,

CityWalk typically has an age limit after a certain time on New Year's Eve. Downtown Disney (now called Disney Springs) will likely offer some countdown activities, but if you want to see the fireworks, hop over to the Magic Kingdom area. Some of our favorite spots to watch them outside of the park are California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Ticket and Transportation Center.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2016 at 8:56 p.m.
Mary Blum Says...

Can you see fireworks while having dinner at Portebella's in disney springs?

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Aug 13, 2016 at 6:05 p.m.
Rob Says...

I booked a trip to Orlando from Dec. 29th to January 5th. After reading reports online, it appears that Disney World is crowded and that is putting it mildly. Is it really that crazy? My wife and daughter are not ones that can handle crowds that well.

Would it make sense to visit the parks later in the week such as on January 3rd to 5th. I am also thinking of extending our time and possibly hitting the parks later (up to January 8th). Will the crowds somewhat diminish after New Years?

Thank you

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Oct 26, 2016 at 10:44 p.m.
Erica Says...

We always go, it is busy, but to us not bad. still a great family time.

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Aug 16, 2016 at 1:03 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob,

All of those dates will be busy, especially since the Walt Disney World Marathon was moved up a bit this year to Jan. 5-8.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/January-2017/

Keep hopping!

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Dec 28, 2015 at 3:55 p.m.
Shawna Whiteleather Says...

Do you happen to know if Legoland will still have their Christmas tree and Santa's Sleigh out for New Year's Eve?

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Dec 12, 2015 at 11:38 p.m.
NYE JAY Says...

If you are not in the park by a certain time I have heard that they close entrance due to large crowds at this time of year (New Years Eve) even Epcot. Is this true?

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Dec 14, 2015 at 2:33 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

This is a possibility on the busiest days. Here is a post that addresses the park closing procedures:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disney-world-park-closures-christmas-new-years-easter/

Keep hopping!

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